Social & Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management

We support clients from project concept to post-closure in identifying the social and human rights issues, and designing ways to mitigate the harm and enhance the benefits to affected communities.

We approach Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as the process of identifying and managing the social issues of project development, which includes the effective engagement of affected communities. SIA delivers most value to the proponents, governments and communities that see its potential beyondan impact prediction mechanism and decision-making tool in regulatory processes, to playing a role in contributing to the ongoing management of social issues throughout the whole project development process.

Services and Approach

SIA, in taking the form of the management of social issues, covers a wide-ranging set of activities and is applicable to the whole of project life. CIG’s strength is that our approach to SIA is based on three pillars:

  • The right team, with balance and complementarity of discipline and skills, international expertise, sector specific experience, and local knowledge required by each project
  • The optimal methodological approach, with fresh and technically sound solutions tailored to each project, which responds to the challenges and opportunities of the specific organisation, the geographical and cultural settings, and available resources
  • An inclusive process, where safe spaces for dialogue are created, and opportunities for learning and reflection are available to all the parties involved

SIA activities are by their nature multi-disciplinary and may require a range of specialists. Coordination and integration of expert teams is our strength in providing the following services:

  • Scoping of social, community health and human rights impacts, particularly the differentiated impacts on women, vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Community engagement to assist affected groups in understanding the project, what the social impacts might be and their ongoing involvement in project development
  • Community profiles (i.e. description of the local social context) to identify dependence on community resources (e.g. social capital, skills, health, ecosystems services, services & infrastructure, culture and other institutions), and resilience to cope with change
  • Social baseline (i.e. design of social variables to establish the pre-impact state and data collection)
  • Recommendations on design modifications to mitigate social impacts and enhance benefits
  • Local content strategies
  • Social investment strategies
  • Participatory social monitoring programs
  • Grievance mechanisms
  • Impacts & Benefits Agreements
  • Social Impact Management Plans
  • Documentation for regulatory authority or lender

Find out more about our experience in social impact assessment and management.